I will be taking a little blogging break this weekend. While I am on my own personal journey through herbalists, supplements, morphogenic testing, qigong, yoga, acupuncture and meditation to find a cure, I am also competing in a triathlon this Sunday in support of finding a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis. I raised about $4,000 on my own for the cause through Team Challenge. Last year, I competed in the Napa to Sonoma half marathon and the collective Team Challenge raised $2.4 million to support research to find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis (as well as support summer camps, etc. to help youth and others with IBD to have increased quality of life, a chance to feel normal). With all the new information coming out about IBD (a friend recently posted on the blog that there’s an alternative for prednisone!), it seems that day by day, a more normal life is nearing closer and closer for us IBD suffers.
A little update on my treatment:
I had my fourth appointment yesterday. I brought in some almond flour cranberry peach muffins I’d just made (I know, sounds delicious! I’ll post the recipe when I get a chance), some homemade pickles (that I make constantly due to how yummy they are and the fact that our garden produces cucumbers faster than I can keep up) and some cookie dough cookies (not what you think, they are totally legal per my diet and super healthy). I sat there with the doctor, feeling a bit awkward (I’d brought in a few things my last appointment and did not speak up). “Um”, I mumbled, “I’m not sure how you do this,” he gave me a peculiar look as if in anticipation/fear of what I was going to say next. I went on to explain that I’d brought some foods in that I often prepared and ate and was wondering if he would do a morphogenic muscle test thing with me to see if my body rejected or accepted the foods. He smiled and responded that it was common for his patients to bring food in to test. I sighed a silent sigh of relief and he proceeded to demonstrate that my body accepted all the foods (more information about this procedure in my post titled “morphogenic testing”). I have to tell you, I really wanted to pass that test because I really like that food. My sister later suggested that I do more of a blind test (including things that I know for a fact are not good for my body/colon/stomach) to see if I didn’t just pass due to just really wanting to pass. I’ll try it another day and let you know how I fared.